International

China Practice

CKR’s attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience in a wide range of China-related matters. CKR regularly advises international companies, financial institutions and investors conducting business throughout mainland China. We also represent Chinese companies with their global investment activities, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and overseas capital markets transactions, including corporate and project financing, alternative public offerings, energy & alternative energy projects, private placements, IPOs and other public offerings, and going private transactions.

CKR attorneys have extensive connections to the investment banks, hedge funds and private equity and venture capital firms that are actively engaged in transactions related to China. We have attorneys and support staff that are fluent in Mandarin and English.

Clients benefit from our intimate knowledge of the local marketplace as well as the broad resources of the law firm’s global network. Our firm offers a full range of integrated services to Chinese clients in the U.S., including corporate, securities, business and immigration matters. We are able to fully support Chinese companies in establishing U.S. operations, from inception to entry into the U.S. capital markets and beyond. We can connect our Chinese clients to legal services in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Africa and elsewhere through our relationships with local counsel and consultants abroad. Through our SEC reporting and disclosure practice, we provide ongoing guidance to Chinese public companies regarding their disclosure and public reporting obligations under U.S. federal and state securities laws and stock exchange regulations. We counsel Chinese clients on capital markets transactions, including follow-on offerings, registered direct offerings, PIPEs, and private equity investments.

Key Practice Areas

CKR’s practice areas in mainland China include:

  • Banking, Leveraged and Structured Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Energy and Alternative Energy
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • SEC reporting and disclosure obligations (including periodic reports, proxy filings and beneficial ownership filings)
  • Primary and secondary stock exchanges listings and OTC quotation, Rule 144 dispositions and legend removal
  • Privatization and de-registration or “going dark” transactions
  • International Trade Issues, including FCPA and CFIUS reviews
  • EB-5 Investments and business visas
  • S. and Chinese government relations

Asia Practice

CKR lawyers’ professional and personal experiences, knowledge of local laws, language capabilities and familiarity with the dynamic Asian business environment provide our clients with keen insight, informative perspective, practical know-how and exceptional legal service.

CKR’s Asian Practice focuses on foreign investment transactions and international trade issues including: mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure development, project finance, joint ventures as well as international arbitration, antidumping, WTO, foreign economic sanctions, and other international trade and customs issues.

CKR’s Asian Practice Group is primarily comprised of lawyers who are multi-cultural and multi-lingual.

Russia Practice

Our lawyers have extensive experience working with international clients in Russia and the other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on a wide variety of transactions and disputes. Our Moscow location enables the law firm to serve our clients doing business in the region more effectively and efficiently. We also represent numerous Russian companies in their domestic and international matters. Our Russian attorneys have particular expertise in the oil and gas, energy and natural resources and financial services industries.

The lawyers in our Russia practice understand the nuances and complexities of cross-border deal making in an evolving and rapidly changing local marketplace. Our multi-cultural group of international lawyers have trained in some of the world’s most complex legal systems and are fluent in many of the most widely spoken languages.

Africa Practice

CKR regularly advises clients on a wide range of transactions including project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas, energy and natural resources and trade and export financing. Our advice is based upon our deep knowledge of the legal, regulatory, and business environments within Africa. We represent foreign clients in their investment activities within Africa. We are also able to assist Africa-based companies in their cross-border transactions.

CKR relies on its extensive network of reputable African law firms and other strategic relationships to enable our clients to successfully navigate the challenges of doing business in this dynamic marketplace and effectively and efficiently achieve their business objectives.

EU Practice

CKR’s EU practice provides our clients with representation across the main regulatory fields governed by EU law as well as in a number of sectoral regulatory areas, including competition, trade, environment, free movement of goods and services, consumer protection, and privacy protection. We have longstanding experience at both the EU and national levels. We work closely with the European Commission and other regulatory and government authorities. Our clients include global and intra-EU companies, including exporters to the EU and EU importers. We deploy a practical but aggressive approach to problem resolution and avoidance.

International Tax

CKR represents both domestic and foreign clients for tax-efficient structuring of their cross-border transactions and operations, as well as international tax advocacy before Congress, the Treasury Department, the IRS, the courts, as well as foreign tax authorities.

CKR lawyers have decades of practical experience and a strong commitment to solving our clients’ complex problems with practical judgment, technical capability, professionalism, and integrity.

Our representative practice areas, include:

  • Audit, Appeals, and Tax Litigation
  • Competent Authority and Other Treaty Matters
  • Compliance and Withholding Tax
  • Criminal Tax
  • Expert Witness Depositions and Testimony
  • Governments and Multilateral Organizations
  • High-Net-Worth Individuals
  • Investment Fund, Private Equity and Joint Ventures
  • Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy
  • Operational Structuring & Restructuring
  • Strategic Transactions
  • Tax Planning and Structuring
  • Transfer Pricing

International Trade/WTO

CKR Law handles a wide range of international trade and customs matters for U.S. and non-U.S. clients, including U.S. countervailing duty (anti-subsidy) cases, the representation of U.S. and non-U.S. manufacturers in international trade proceedings outside the United States, Section 337 cases at the ITC, World Trade Organization (WTO) settlement proceedings and market access counseling.

CKR Lawyers can practice before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (U.S. Department of the Treasury), the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry, U.K. Customs and Excise, the European Commission, bi-national panels under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), WTO dispute settlement panels, and various other governmental and international bodies.

Immigration

Providing immigration assistance from many of our offices, we offer the international resources of a top-tier law firm and the specific skills of a dedicated immigration team.

Our interdisciplinary and collaborative relationship with other CKR practices—including Employee Benefits, Tax, and Business and Finance—allows us to deliver to clients the benefits of integrated legal resources across a broad spectrum of legal matters. We recognize the close connections between a multinational corporation’s immigration program and its other essential operations, including internal employment policies, corporate compliance and governance, and plans for expansion and corporate development.

The areas in which we provide support and counsel include:

  • Inbound Visas and Permanent Residence
  • H-1B Visas for temporary specialty workers
  • EB-5 Visas for immigrant investors
  • L-1A and L-1B Visas and Blanket L Petitions for intracompany transferees
  • E-1 and E-2 Treaty Investor and Trader Visas
  • O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visas for scientists, researchers and others
  • Training visas
  • TN-NAFTA Visas for Canadians and Mexicans
  • H-2B Visas for temporary workers
  • Consular processing of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas
  • Labor certification
  • Multinational managers and executives, extraordinary ability, and outstanding researchers visas
  • National interest waiver
  • Immigration Compliance
  • Due diligence for immigration aspects of corporate change
  • Auditing and government (ICE) investigations
  • I-9 compliance
  • Corporate immigration policy development and implementation
  • Social Security no-match counseling
  • Training
  • Global Immigration Services
  • Experience with key countries around the globe
  • International employment law
  • Program and policy development
  • Keeping clients up to date about developments in immigration law

Latin America and Caribbean Practice

CKR lawyers represent multinational clients on a wide range of cross-border mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, capital markets transactions, syndicated and secured lending transactions, project financings, commercial and residential real estate projects, oil and gas transactions and international disputes throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. We also represent numerous global companies in connection with establishing and developing their overseas presence as well as managing their Latin American operations.

CKR lawyers have spent years working in Latin America and the Caribbean. They are intimately familiar with the legal, regulatory and cultural systems of countries in the region and are accustomed to coordinating with local counsel in multiple jurisdictions. Our team includes attorneys who are fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

International Arbitration

CKR lawyers have substantial experience with both foreign investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration. In the foreign investment arbitration area, CKR has represented clients in arbitration proceedings brought under numerous investment treaties, free trade agreements and the Energy Charter Treaty. In the international commercial arbitration area, CKR has represented clients in matters arising out of international oil and gas, energy and mining disputes; international construction disputes; international disputes relating to the intellectual property and licensing of rights of pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology companies, as well as a host of other breach of contract matters.

Our lawyers have handled arbitrations under virtually all of the major international arbitration rules, institutional as well as ad hoc. These include the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”), the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration (“ICC”), the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (“IACAC”), the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) and its International Centre for Dispute Resolution (“ICDR”), the China International Economic and Trade Commission (“CIETAC”), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”), the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (“SCC”), the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (“VIAC”), the German Institution of Arbitration (“DIS”), the Dutch Arbitration Institution (“NAI”), the Zurich Chamber of Commerce (“Swiss Rules”), the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”), the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”), and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, among others.

Middle East Practice

CKR has extensive experience providing legal counsel to clients in the Middle East region. Our clients include multinational companies, investors, sovereign governments and governmental agencies in a wide range of activities, including banking and finance, oil and gas, construction, regulatory advice, intellectual property, energy, joint ventures, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, transportation (air, rail and sea), international litigation and arbitration and international trade.

We draw upon our international reach, regional experience and close working relationships with other local law firms to effectively counsel our clients, avoid risk and resolve disputes.

We are well-positioned in the Middle East to assist clients in identifying and maximizing business opportunities. CKR lawyers have the knowledge and know-how to provide comprehensive guidance.

Maritime

CKR lawyers represent clients from every sector of the industry, including: vessel owners, operators, managers, underwriters, shippers, terminal operators, liquid and dry bulk, liquified natural gas, container, roll-on/roll-off, passenger and/or cruise, and specialized vessels, such as offshore drilling units, power-generating barges, tugs, mobile offshore drilling units, offshore supply vessels, dredging, dive support, pipe and cable laying, fishing, and recreational boats.

Our extensive capabilities include the following:

  • Litigation and arbitration involving claims for lost, damaged, delayed or hazardous cargo; claims arising out of collisions and allisions; wrongful death and personal injury; contract disputes; oil spills, pollution and product liability; in rem claims against vessels and other property; and complex marine insurance claims.
  • Transactional counsel, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and vessel sales; financing; and the full range of shipping, logistics, towage, vessel charter, marine terminal, salvage, stevedoring and other agreements and contracts.
  • Domestic and international regulatory counsel, including compliance with the US Ocean Shipping Reform Act; environmental law such as the Clean Water Act and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL); US Coast Guard and Homeland Security regulations such as the Maritime Transportation Security Act; and other shipping laws and policies.

International Estate Planning

CKR Law offers services to non-citizens and non-resident alien individuals to assist them in structuring an estate and business succession plan that addresses the unique tax rules applicable to them, including domestic wills for non-citizens, foreign trusts, foreign business entities and pre-immigration planning.

Public International Law

CKR lawyers advise countries, multinational corporations, and individuals on sensitive matters of international law and foreign affairs. In addition, the CKR team advises on the impact of private and public international law on international commercial transactions and the effective resolution of disputes arising therefrom.

Our firm’s PIL lawyers work on matters related to every continent and region of the world, with particular expertise in:

  • Economic sanctions
  • Human rights
  • International investment
  • International trade and WTO law
  • International Financial Transactions
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Aviation
  • Land and maritime boundary and sovereignty disputes
  • Property rights and expropriation
  • Sovereign debt
  • Taxation
  • Trade Concessions
  • Treaty negotiations and accession

CKR’s platform of international offices and lawyers from diverse legal, national and cultural backgrounds and disciplines combined with substantial expertise in numerous industries, enable our PIL team to handle the most complex case anywhere in the world.

International Mergers and Acquisitions

CKR lawyers regularly handle M&A transactions domestically and across the globe, ranging from small/middle market transactions to multi-billion dollar cross-border deals in a wide variety of industries.

CKR is present in substantially all of the world’s major financial hubs and other areas, with a strong presence in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and a growing presence in Latin America. Our global platform, allows us to structure, negotiate, and implement highly complex cross-border transactions on behalf of our clients. Our M&A team is supported on transactions throughout the world by CKR lawyers who focus on tax, antitrust, employee benefits, finance, securities, intellectual property, regulatory matters, environmental, real estate, and other support areas.

U.S. EB-5 Investor Visa Transactions

The EB-5 Investor Visa program involves a number of diverse areas of the law and oftentimes extends well beyond the applicability of U.S. immigration law. Like any other complex financing transaction, an EB-5 financing or securities offering should be viewed as a sophisticated business transaction requiring strong legal counsel in the areas of securities, corporate and business structuring, international tax, broker-dealer and investment advisor compliance, investment financing and funding, immigration, and real estate law. Our lawyers routinely advise entrepreneurs, investment bankers, brokers, investment advisors, real estate developers, lenders, investment funds, and regional centers with respect to various components of the EB-5 Program and the transactions structured to comply with the EB-5 program. Our representation also includes the representation of foreign investors on their investments in the U.S. EB-5 program and related immigration matters and serve private companies and multinational corporations, and foreign executives in securing their temporary and permanent visas via their investment activities. We also assist in the structuring and establishment of regional centers under the EB-5 program, and in structuring securities offerings designed to comply with the requirements of the EB-5 program.

Because we have several domestic and international offices positioned globally in strategic locations and countries, we understand the cultural differences and many of our lawyers speak Mandarin and other foreign languages. We leverage our sophisticated corporate and business structuring, real estate, and investment financing and funding, tax, investment, broker-dealer and investment advisor compliance, and immigration law experience to help ensure that an entrepreneur’s financial interests are protected and that the requirements under U.S. immigrations laws are satisfied.

International Banking and Trade Finance

CKR offers a comprehensive range of services to clients around the world, including structured finance, asset-based debt finance and syndicated and leveraged finance. The vast majority of these transactions are multi-jurisdictional and cross-border involving a broad range of industries, including energy, healthcare, food and beverage, apparel, real estate and media.

Our extensive hands-on experience enables us to provide our clients with both legal and practical real-time advice in an ever-evolving international landscape. CKR’s clients include originators, issuers, facilitators and borrowers throughout the world with particular emphasis in the U.S., Central America, South America, the Middle East and Asia.

We advise clients on a broad range of global finance matters, including:

  • Multi-jurisdictional and Cross-border finance
  • Bank Guarantees/Letters of Credit/MTNs
  • Structured and Asset-based financings

Japanese Practice

CKR’s Japan attorneys provide a broad range of professional legal services for their domestic and international clients. With headquarters in Tokyo they work closely with other judicial scriveners and administrative scriveners in Japan. They regularly provide consultation and recommendation on a wide variety of legal issues for their clients, including domestic, property, labor, social insurance, real estate and construction, company formation, corporate and commercial affairs, intellectual property, employment, inheritance and wills, traffic accident and criminal cases. Our Japanese clients represent numerous industries, such as agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, finance and insurance.

Key Practice Areas:

Intellectual Property

CKR’s Japan attorneys have handled a large volume of intellectual property cases, which include patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets and network intellectual property rights as well as research and practice in other related intellectual property areas. Through civil procedure, administrative and criminal means, they help clients resolve disputes and protect their interests. Our scope of intellectual property services include:

  • Trademark infringement, protection on well-known trademark
  • Internet domain name infringement litigation
  • Protection of business secrets and anti-unfair competition

Employment and Social Benefits

CKR provides legal advice and consultation for its clients in connection with employee recruitment, employee benefits and labor laws, retirement disputes, pension and overtime pay requests. We also represent clients in arbitration and litigation.

Real Estate and Construction

CKR advises clients on all phases of real estate and construction investment, development, financing and operations, including:

  • Real estate development and disputes resolution
  • Debt collection

Corporate and Commercial

CKR acts as:

  • SME’s legal advisors
  • Advising Company’s board of directors
  • Drafting Corporate documents
  • Handling bankruptcy, dissolution and liquidation matters

Inheritance and Wills

CKR Japan attorneys have over 30 years of experience with inheritance and will cases. Our services include:

  • Drafting, scrivener, witnesses, execution, custody and revocation of wills
  • Inheritance partition negotiation and mediation

Marriage and Family Disputes

CKR clients benefit from our extensive practical experience in marriage and family law litigation, arbitration and mediation, including:

  • Divorce disputes
  • Marriage revocation disputes
  • Child-support payment disputes
  • Alimony disputes
  • Custody disputes
  • Marital property disputes

Traffic Accident Disputes

CKR provides legal services in traffic accident compensation mediation, negotiation and litigation.

Criminal Case Defense

CKR’s scope of services includes:

  • Pre-prosecute plead (suspect stage)
  • Post-prosecute plead (accused stage)
  • Entourage defense attorney

Entertainment & Media

In an entertainment world that increasingly values cross-media knowledge, CKR provides our clients with specialized expertise in virtually all industry areas, ranging from motion pictures, music publishers and producers, publishing companies and media distribution concerns. CKR has acted as production counsel to film producers and their production companies in connection with many short and feature length films, handling all aspects of and legal matters related to the production of a film, represented clients in production finance transactions, private placements for film projects, formation and structuring of film funds and film slate funds, distribution agreements, joint ventures, co-production agreements and co-investment agreements in the entertainment and media industries. CKR’s lawyers also handle negotiation and documentation of music licensing, production, distribution and publishing arrangements.

Selected Entertainment & Media Services:

  • Production Financing (private placements, pre-sale arrangements)
  • Film and music production legal counsel
  • Film and music distribution agreements
  • Film and music licensing agreements
  • Publishing Agreements
  • Talent loan-out arrangements
  • Talent Agent & Artist Management Agreements
  • Screen Actors Guild contracts
  • Negotiation of film and music production & distribution agreements

International Criminal Law

CKR has broad experience in handling a wide range of international criminal matters in multiple jurisdictions and countries. CKR lawyers provide experienced criminal defense for any international crime including:

  • Fraud and Regulatory
  • Money laundering
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • Criminal Antitrust
  • Internet or computer crimes
  • Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance
  • Diplomatic Immunity
  • International Sanctions and Asset Freezing; and
  • Interpol Red Notices

CKR lawyers’ vast experience enables them to advise clients on what their rights are, understand their options and to negotiate or achieve the desired outcome.

International Human Rights

CKR represents individuals harmed by violations of international human rights law in multiple jurisdictions and countries. CKR lawyers fight to expose and hold accountable individuals, organizations, corporations and government entities that infringe upon basic human rights such as:

  • the right to life
  • the prohibition against slavery and torture
  • equal treatment under the law
  • the freedom of movement
  • the freedom of peaceful assembly

Representative Commitments of CKR attorneys to the Defense and Protection of Human Rights

  • Associate of Amnesty International for Djibouti
  • Member of Human Rights for Africa in Durban, Africa under the high patronage of his Excellency the President Nelson Mandela
  • Intervention at the International Symposium of Victimology in STELLENBOSCH (South Africa) on the protection of the rights of female victims
  • Workshop under the East Africa regional on the submission of reports to the United Nations human rights treaty agencies
  • Consultant to the United Nations on the African Commission of Human Rights and Peoples
  • Representative of Amnesty International to the NGO forum for the creation of an international criminal court

Aviation Law

CKR lawyers have extensive experience in substantially all major areas of aviation law and litigation.

CKR assists our clients with transactional, regulatory, investigation and litigation matters associated with their operations. CKR also handles aircraft financing and engine and aircraft leasing.

CKR’s aviation lawyers are supported by lawyers from other practice areas including: antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, infrastructure finance and development, real estate, environmental, bankruptcy, reorganization, bankruptcy and restructuring and others.

Family Law

CKR has extensive trial, settlement, and mediation experience in a wide range of matrimonial and family law matters.

CKR lawyers offer our clients sophisticated services in divorce, child custody, child support, equitable distribution of property, paternity agreements, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, matters involving same sex marriage and litigation of all matrimonial and family law matters.